Well, as stated, there was a terrific crowd even though they’d put off start time for the first act while waiting for the Cowboys Wild-card game to finish. So the musical portion of the night did not get going in earnest until well after 10pm. Great American Novel played a cool set of off kilter love songs that had a dark, garage swamp groove. Maybe I was just imagining things since descriptions are so closed. Their bass player was very dynamic, serving as the perfect foil to the lead singer/guitarist’s low key, graveled bari-croon. Next up was Stoogeaphilia. They were sweaty and sticky and played some very rocking tributes to the classic Stooges oeuvre. My advice to bands invited to follow them is this: Don’t. They’re some of the best players in Fort Worth and they know they’re stuff. Better just to sit back and enjoy the show.
Fate Lions hit the stage right around 1am. We expected the house to clear out at this point but it didn’t. We played right up until close at 2am to a room full of energetic and enthusiastic listeners. I think I even saw people dancing. Great line ups, great staff and the best house crowd you could ask for. The Grotto is one of my favorite places to play in Fart Worth.
I should mention that that show was organized by the Fort Worth Music Co-op. Bands and Venues working together. It’s a community effort to bring the people what they want to hear while they spend their hard earned green. A swell idea in my book. Carry on.
Next up in February we’ve got a show lined up at Lola’s 6th with The Hope Trust from Denton and Phantom Caste on the 13th. Then it’s on to Dallas and the legendary Trees on the 25th. It’s a FREE Thurdsay night show produced by KDGE.
*photos by Jaime Ross